‘Real Men Take Care Of Their Wives’ – Sam George Shades Akufo-Addo
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On Saturday evening, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, sent a mysterious message on the microblogging site Twitter (July 10).
“Real men take care of their women,” stated the post, which was accompanied by a lion head emoji.
While the message may have appeared to be sound counsel in our socio-cultural environment, it turns out that Sam George’s motivations were political.
“Abi you know dadaa,” was his response when a former presidential staffer and deputy minister, James Agyenim Boateng, asked him on Twiter, “You dey shade Akufo-Addo?”
A recently disclosed move by the government to formally pay salaries to the president and his wife has triggered a debate within and outside Parliament. Sam George is among the most ardent opponents.
He is on record to have rejected the recommendation by an emoluments committee set up by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The committee’s recommendations have also been approved by the 7th Parliament, of which Sam George was a member.
“I am a Member of Parliament, I do not subscribe to that, whether it is an NDC President or an NPP President, your wife is not a public officer, your wife is your wife.
“Are we also going to say that the spouse of the Chief Justice, the spouse of the Speaker must also be paid? Where do we draw the line? Already they get allowances, they get protection from the state at the expense of the taxpayer and I don’t have a problem with that…” he submitted in an interview on Peace FM.